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Bob Kiley set to challenge Tube part-privatisation

LONDON'S TRANSPORT Commissioner Bob Kiley is today expected to a launch a legal challenge to the Government's plans to part-privatise London Underground.

Kiley is starting proceedings for a judicial review after the Government said it would forge ahead with plans for a Public Private Partnership for the Tube, a spokesman for Transport for London (TfL) said.

The move follows a meeting between Kiley and TfL's board last week, giving him authority to launch a legal challenge.

TfL board member Professor Stephen Glaister said the basis for proceedings are 'inconsistent' legal obligations that TfL is required to carry out under the Greater London Authority Act.

'First, we are required to help the Mayor create a transport strategy that is safe, integrated, efficient and economic, ' he said.

'Second, we must consult and cooperate with London Regional Transport to facilitate the securing of the PPP agreements.'

Glaister said that board members 'unanimously' felt the PPP did not represent a safe, efficient and economic plan and therefore would not be able to complete both obligations.

A Transport for London memo says: 'Only the courts could give definitive guidance as to which of the competing obligations was to be followed and which . . .frustrated.'

TfL will wait for permission from the courts for the claim to proceed.

The news came as a Health & Safety Executive memo exposing outstanding safety fears relating to the PPP was leaked this week.

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